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  1. The most Eye Opening Six Minutes Ever on Film

    December 9, 2013 by

    This is may be one of the most eye opening 6 min video you can ever watch. It’s a part of a film called “Samsara”. In this video you will see how we as human beings have gone really really wrong and bad in our food consumption and our treatment of animals. whether your an animal lover or not this video will indeed break your heart. However, we should watch it to see how the filmmakers broke our hearts with their brilliant techniques, which eventually led many people to wake up and change their lifestyles. The filmmakers used the slow and fast motion shots to give a certain mood in this piece that says” we kill animals in a cold heart and we eat them very fast. The music played a big role here in the theme where it’s kind of scary and sad at the same time. Also, the closing shot was brilliant because of the sound design, which is exactly what Wes told us in class that you should totally stop the music at some point to grab the audience’s attention for the coming shot.

    The producers of Samsara say: “This clip represents only 6 minutes from a 100 minute long film, which was photographed in 25 countries and explores many other diverse aspects of the human experience”

    SAMSARA food sequence from Baraka & Samsara on Vimeo.

  2. At Berkeley

    December 5, 2013 by

    The chance to see a new Frederick Wiseman documentary is coming soon, so I wanted to post the trailer for the film. At 83, he is one of the masters of direct cinema who is still alive and producing new work. This is around the 80th film he has made as well so they guy has been busy. He is also probably one of the only filmmakers that can get 4 hour long documentary films released.

    The trailer appears fairly straightforward: What makes Berkeley an important and lasting institution and how can they continue it as public funds are divested from public institutions? Fredrick Wiseman being the filmmaker that he is will have captured many everyday situations that will reveal the answers to these questions. I look forward to seeing if they are less straightforward. It’s a film about an institution, and so far we only hear from the loftier figures. These people appear or come across as presidents and administrators. An institution is made up of many levels though. What will the interactions between students and between teachers reveal about the organization and how will their perspectives and interactions compliment or complicate the vision of the administrators?

    Wiseman has always said that he makes films about institutions. Its the interactions between people at different levels of a hierarchical organization that drive the drama in his films.

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